Thanks, first of all, to those who have responded to my requests for book-title suggestions. Y'all have been big help! I've also enjoyed visiting your blogs, some of which I'd never visited before. A few blogs I've recently "discovered" are Mei Flower, who is a fellow English teacher; Kassie, who is a Suzuki violin teacher; and CaliforniaTeacherGuy, who I assume is teacher guy in California. (Yup. I'm pretty observant.)
CaliforniaTeacherGuy recently wrote this on his blog, which had me nodding in agreement:
"Teaching is hard work. It is not for the faint of heart, or the dull of wit. To teach well day after day requires stamina. Stamina comes from caring for the soul. Reflecting on one’s teaching practice is not only essential to growing as an educator, but it is also is a form of soul-care. Those who walk out of their classrooms as soon as the last bell rings without thinking about what happened during the day and how they could improve, run the risk of doing irreparable harm to their inmost being. They may also end up dropping out of the education profession.
Effective teachers are committed to the task of making a difference in the lives of their students. Leaving the classroom is not an option. They know that children need them. They’ve seen the hunger in their students' eyes; they won't let them starve for lack of knowledge."
Pretty good, huh?